Drink

A drink, or beverage, is a liquid which is specifically prepared for human consumption. In addition to fulfilling a basic human need, beverages form part of the culture of human society.

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Water

Despite the fact that all beverages contain water, water itself is not classed as a beverage. The word beverage has always been defined as not referring to water.

Alcoholic beverages

An alcoholic beverage is a drink that contains ethanol, commonly known as alcohol (although in chemistry the definition of "alcohol" includes many other compounds). Beer has been a part of human culture for 8,000 years.[1] In Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and many other European countries, drinking beer (and other alcoholic beverages) in a local bar or pub is a cultural tradition.[2] Asian countries (e.g., Sri Lanka and India) produce several varieties of alcoholic beverages (e.g., palm wine).

Non-alcoholic beverages

A non-alcoholic beverage is one that contains little or no alcohol. This category includes low-alcohol beer, non-alcoholic wine, and apple cider if they contain less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

Soft drinks

The term "soft drink" specifies the absence of alcohol in contrast to "hard drink" and "drink". "Drink" is nominally neutral but often connotes alcoholic content. Beverages such as soda pop, sparkling water, iced tea, lemonade, squash, and fruit punch are the most common soft drinks. Milk, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, milkshakes, and tap water are not considered to be soft drinks. Some carbonated soft drinks are available in versions that are sweetened with a sugar substitute.

Fruit juice

Orange juice is usually served cold.

Fruit juice is a natural product that contains few additives, or none. Citrus products such as orange juice and tangerine juice are very familiar breakfast beverages. Grapefruit juice, pineapple, apple, grape, lime, and lemon juice are also familiar products. Coconut water is a highly nutritious and refreshing juice. Many kinds of berries are crushed and their juices mixed with water and sometimes sweetened. Raspberry, blackberry and currants are often popular juices drinks but the percentage of water also determines their nutritive value. Juices were probably humankind's earliest drinks besides water. Grape juice that was allowed to ferment produced the alcoholic drink wine. Orange juice and coconut water remain by far the most highly consumed juices on the market and are there because of their valuable nutrients and hydration abilities.

Fruits are highly perishable and so the ability to create juices and store them was of significant value. Some fruits are highly acidic and mixing them with additional water and sugars or honey was often necessary to make them palatable. Early storage of fruit juices was labor intensive, requiring the crushing of the fruits and the mixing of the resulting pure juices with sugars before bottling and capping them.

Hot beverages

A cup of coffee

A hot beverage is any beverage which is normally served heated. This may be through the addition of a heated liquid, such as water or milk, or by directly heating the beverage itself. Some examples of hot beverages are:

Miscellaneous

Some substances may be called either food or drink, and accordingly may be eaten with a spoon or drunk, depending upon their thickness and solutes.

Measurement

Unit Australia UK US
ml imp fl oz ml US fl oz ml
dash 1/48 0.592 1/48 0.616
teaspoon 5 1/8 3.55 1/6 4.93
tablespoon 20 1/2 14.2 1/2 14.8
fluid ounce, nip or pony 30 1 28.413 1 29.574
shot, bar glass or jigger 3/2 42.6 3/2 44.4
can of drink 375 11.6 330 12 355
pint 570 20 568 16 473
bottle of spirits 750 24.6 700 25.3 750
bottle of wine 750 26.4 750 25.3 750

See also

References

  1. ^ Arnold, John P (2005). Origin and History of Beer and Brewing: From Prehistoric Times to the Beginning of Brewing Science and Technology (Reprint ed.). BeerBooks.com. 
  2. ^ Hamill, Pete (1994). A Drinking Life: A Memoir. New York: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 9780316341028. 

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